Minimize Wildfire in Los Angeles (California) - August 2009

1 September 2009 (from AFP) - A giant white cloud engulfed Los Angeles as a deadly massive wildfire spread above the city, and authorities warned it could take two weeks to bring under control. Flames have ripped through 42,612 hectares of tinder-dry forest north of Los Angeles and were still spreading, authorities said. More than 3,655 firefighters battled the fire in the Angeles National Forest, which sent a huge mushroom cloud of smoke billowing across the city and east toward Las Vegas.

Envisat view of fires

Northern Los Angeles devastated by fires.

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Technical Information
Product: MER_FR_1P (300 metre resolution)
Satellite: Envisat
Instrument: Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS)
Date of acquisition: 29 Aug 2009
Orbit: 39202
Orbit direction: Descending
Band combination: 7, 5, 2 (RGB)
Magnified view of fires
Map of area

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